Where's My Jetpack?

  • by Daniel H. Wilson
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's the 21st century, and let's be honest: things are a little disappointing. Despite every World's Fair prediction and the advertisements in comic books, we are not living the future we were promised. By now, life was supposed to be a fully automated, atomic-powered, germ-free Utopia, a place where a grown man could wear a velvet spandex unitard and not be laughed at. Where are the ray guns, the flying cars, and the hoverboards that we expected? What happened to our moon colonies and servant robots? In Where's My Jetpack? roboticist Daniel H. Wilson takes a hilarious look at the future we imagined for ourselves. You will learn which technologies are already available - and if the technology is not public, you will learn how to build, buy, or steal it. Where's My Jetpack? is an entertaining look at the world that we always wanted.

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What the Critics Say

"Will produce sly chuckles....surprisingly informative." (The Oregonian)

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Starting to Date Itself

I first heard about this book on Boing Boing and podcasts a couple years back. It sounded awesome to me. Dammit, where IS my jetpack? If you've been hiding for the last ten years perhaps there's a lot here still to find fresh. But much of these trails have been well mapped.

Worse, there's still futurism here disconnected from the cultural and social world that propels the subject. The zest for the Reasons Why at the beginning break down and pretty soon we're being regaled with stories of the absurd fantastic. So we're building houses on artificial islands in the Gulf? How's the market for that going? What's the environmental impact? Underwater hotels? The rooms exist but they're not doing brisk business.

In the meantime, James Cameron shoots to the bottom of the ocean in a torpedo sub.

Hopefully Wilson is working on a follow-up--rather than a new forward--that cuts a little deeper than this light compendium.
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- R. Blocher

Just Lots of Fun

This book is not a deep contemplation of the way in which predictions of the future simultaneously over-estimate and under-estimate future capability. This tendency is because predictions of the future tend to overestimate progress in better understood dimensions, while egregiously underestimating progress along new dimensions. The jetpack is a great example of this tendency. It's an almost boringly simple technology compared to all the advances in computing that have happened, yet we don't have jetpacks for largely economic reasons. This phenomenon is an important topic for entrepreneurs and technology leaders and for some reason when I bought the book I was expecting an explanation of this issue.

Instead the book is a rather systematic exploration of the real science behind the top 40 childhood tech. fanatics of the baby boomers. It's meant to be a light fun read; a summer book for the balding or graying geek. It succeeds.
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- Kenneth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-12-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.